Dorothy Atkinson who played Jane Sutton on the BBC One series Call the Midwife dished on her character, how she feels connected to her and why she chose not to stay.
On Sunday, Express posted an interview with the actress who mentioned that ever since she portrayed her character in the drama, she feels like she has a good grasp on how it all works.
"My cousin is a midwife," Atkinson admitted. "And those books were passed around our family. These characters actually existed and that's why the stories are so good."
"I feel very connected to Jane Sutton, the woman I played, but she was brought up in a workhouse and hers is a horrible, horrible story," the actress continued. "I cried when I read it. She was a kind of waif who found her voice and became a trainee nurse when the nun, played by Jenny Agutter, gave her a break, just to get her out of the institution."
Atkinson then revealed that she would have loved to be a part of the series for more time, but couldn't due to her role in Mr. Turner directed by Mike Leigh.
"Doing Midwife was a really lovely time in my life and it was just brilliant to be working with all those fabulous women of different ages, sharing stories and hanging out," she said. "I would love to have stayed longer, but I wasn't available because I was working with Mike Leigh."
Call the Midwife is expected to return for a Christmas special this year on BBC One.